Written by Anastassia Pogoutse

LSCDS’s 10th Annual Career Day is coming up fast! This year, it will be held on May 6th, with sessions split between Sidney Smith and the Medical Sciences Building. As in previous years, attendees will have a unique chance to network with industry professionals and to attend career-focused panels.

What is Career Day?

Career Day is the largest career development event for life sciences graduate students at UofT. Last year’s event saw 345 attendees, 57% of whom were graduate students and 43% of whom were postdocs, undergraduate students, and other trainees. The typical format for Career Day is a keynote symposium, followed by career panel discussions and a company information fair. New this year is the company SPOTLIGHT Session in which representatives from select companies will be giving short informational presentations during the company fair. LSCDS has received very positive feedback on previous Career Days, with former attendees stating that they found the sessions helpful, insightful, and even “life-changing”.

What’s planned for this year

This year’s keynote speaker is Vanessa Federovich, Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services at Roche Canada. Vanessa has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry and will be discussing how Roche Canada is adapting to meet the needs of Canada’s changing healthcare system. Also attending are 30 industry representatives who will be participating in our panels on entrepreneurship, consulting, scientific communications, business analysis and development, medical and regulatory affairs, and industrial and clinical R&D. The company information fair will be a networking opportunity while the SPOTLIGHT sessions will provide you with the chance to learn more about that company you’ve always wanted to work for. Attending this year are representatives from GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research (OICR), Hoffman-La Roche Ltd, BGI, and other industry leaders, institutes, and non-profit organizations.

The Career Day prep seminar

The main goal of Career Day is to provide an opportunity for students and postdocs to explore different career tracks, and to meet and connect with successful professionals (and with fellow trainees!). With this in mind, LSCDS will be holding a seminar titled “How to develop a network for a successful career?!” on Thursday, April 28th. It will be presented by Dr. Darlene Homonko, Director at the Office of Technology Transfer and Industry Liaison at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. We highly recommend those who have registered for Career Day to attend this seminar.

Some final tips

Given the format of Career Day,  we ask that attendees follow a business casual dress code and recommend having business cards at the ready. Furthermore, it is a good idea to read up on the industries and organizations you are interested in, and to know a little bit about the people you are going to approach.

We hope you make the most of Career Day. Keep an eye out for further blog posts on this event and on how to prepare!